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Questions tagged [transportation]

For questions about the act or process of transporting something or someone from one location to another, including by technological or non-technological means. For questions about the specific machine or device used for transportation, consider using [vehicles] instead.

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What kind of transport infrastructure would there be in a new planetary colony?

Say humanity have the luxury to start anew. Colonizing a planet where speed of colonization is not an issue. Let's assume planet conditions and gravity pull similar to Earth. Technology relatively ...
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Practicality of a ship-sized twisted-rubber engine

I was considering this answer I wrote: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/21374/75 It got me to wondering... if we had a flying sailing ship with a twisted-rubber energy storage device that ...
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What could an alternative human-powered transportation method look like?

When I came across this hilarious and awesome way of transportation I thought "why is no one rollerblading through the woods anymore?". I am pretty sure there are more fantastic but forgotten ...
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How to ride a fish?

In my world, there are giant fish, reptiles, and bugs. My question is, how would you be able to put a harness or saddle on a fish? Info: Swamp bio being ridden by humans Fish range in all different ...
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Civilization on an Earth-like planet without using waterways for transport

On Earth, civilization grew up around river valleys. Rivers are useful as a water source, a food source, and a waste disposal system, but their most important function to a civilization is enabling ...
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Could a non sentient land animal evolve an innate knowledge for making boats?

I understand that some non human animals build structures that they innately know how to build, such as how birds innately know how to build nests, and spiders innately know how to make webs, and ...
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What would it take to make catapults a alternate way to travel?

I have an idea for a futuristic way to travel for my Story. People get into a capsule, and it launches itself extremely fast in the air. What would be needed to make this happen for real and what ...
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Domesticated Hominids

So an idea I have is that of domesticated hominids (previously orcs) for my setting. They're intellectually comparable to gorillas and weigh around the same amount (350 lbs) and can carry 15-20% ...
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How long would it take to move the population of the earth into a single city? [closed]

Say if humanity was forced to create a single mega-city on a, relative to the entire land-area of the earth, small area. Where skyscrapers are 1000-4000 meters tall. If the world pooled all its ...
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What would be the “cheapest” non-rocket solution to getting cargo to and from Earth's surface?

Prometheus, your friendly neighborhood mega corp, has done it: dragged that pesky asteroid near Earth's orbit. Now with a rich source of ore right in Earth's orbit Prometheus is looking to improve its ...
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Largest sailing vessel manned by 2 people [closed]

I am currently running a D&D campaign and am entering an area that doesn't have many set rules and I'd like a reality check. I want to give them a vessel around the size of the ones from Pirates ...
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Would it be possible to set up a franchise in the ancient world?

The night queen has invaded the northernmost part of easteros with an army of ice wightwalkers. They have surrounded a castle called summerfall, trapping our heroes inside. Various armies of different ...
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19th century-like transportation without horses?

So, let’s say, hypothetically A NUCLEAR WAR KICKS OFF DUE TO PROLONGED INTERNATIONAL TENSION, AND TURNS THE EARTH INTO A BLEAK, HOSTILE WASTELAND. Now, let’s flash forward 197 years, to 2259. By now, ...
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How long would it take for a group of humans to travel across a continent by foot?

Think a Lord of the Rings-esque quest to save their kingdom. This quest would also involve detours, but I can just factor those in later. The continent is around the size of Australia, with a lot of ...
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What is the cheapest way to move large amounts of trade goods to orbit?

Given a world with similar size and atmospheric composition to Earth that has a commodity export, be it grain or oil etc, that has trade with other planets, what would be best way to orbit massive ...
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Horses vs. Bicycles in a soft post-apocalypse

I want to ask about the utility of bicycles vs. horses, but in a rather specific circumstance. In the future, there is war (the particulars are irrelevant), and it causes the usual loss of population ...
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Could an empire control the whole planet with today's comunication methods?

I remember watching a documentary some time ago and at one point they were talking about how empires were limited to a certain size since there was no way to communicate across the empire quickly and ...
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What is the steepest gradient that a canal can be traversable without locks?

For a civilization that depends heavily on canals for transportation, what limits are there on how steep canals can before they flow too fast to traverse? I know that barges were normally pulled by ...
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Could an aircraft fly or hover using only jets of compressed air?

In a world with practically unlimited energy and advanced technology they have no need to burn fuels for energy or even use fire. To travel around their huge planet cities they use aircraft and hover ...
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Efficient way to transport a Stargate [closed]

In the future Earth, scientists have successfully created Stargate. And because of the greedy nature of human being, they wish to colonize as many planets as possible! And they sure can NOT wait ...
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How to safely derail a train during transit?

Imagine a single, long, straight stretch of track. On the track there is a train heading in one direction at 100 km/h and a second train heading towards it at 200 km/h. The latter train is a special ...
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Victorian long-distance express transport?

In my world, law enforcement is dispatched from the capital to places around the island. The reason for them being dispatched in this fashion is due to there being few officers and the capital being ...
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What would be practical usage of relatively slow low range teleportation like technology? [closed]

Let's assume that there is easy and very cheap method for someone to enter 'separate dimension' in one place, walk and exit in another. For an external observer it would look like instant ...
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Designing drop-pods for humans

With the increasing amount of sci-fi using drop-pods to get their soldiers on the ground I would like to look at the design and how a proper drop-pod should look. The look and shape of such a drop-...
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How to transport 10,000 terrestrial trolls across ocean fast?

Trolls are about 30 meters tall on average and can weigh anything between 100 to 200 short tons at sea level. They can only be found to inhabit an island somewhere in the Pacific ocean and are in ...
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Does crossing a wormhole happen instantaneously, or with the course of time?

I have seen many science fiction movies that depict traveling in space through wormholes. The appearance though, and the time it takes to cross a wormhole, tends to vary: • On one hand, we have the ...
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Nuclear magic: Surviving your own spells

TLDR: Portals to other places; wizards use them to make nukes-as-fireballs/anti-personal level attacks, how do they survive? In a system of magic that functions around opening portals, what ...
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Would it be feasible to have a wolf as a mount?

On my fantasy planet, humanoid peoples are at war and ride different animals into battle, including wolves. People and their wolves are, for all intents and purposes, extremely similar to humans and ...
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Would a double-decker tri-articulated bus work effectively?

In my setting, the planet is grossly overpopulated. Vehicles are required to carry large loads of people from place to place. Bi-articulated buses are a necessity and have replaced regular buses as a ...
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Could Earth still survive if we lost almost 90% of all surface water?

I have been toying with the idea that all oceans are gone. Underground water still exists but the Earth has essentially turned into the planet from Dune. My characters all live / survive out where ...
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Ancient, medieval, and middle ages ship speeds

I think an opportunity was missed when this question was asked, but closed. It is relevant to worldbuilding in the same way that this question and this question are, to determine how far apart ...
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A road system with no traffic rules - what sort of vehicle is best?

In Britopia there were the Leftists who believed motorists should drive on the left and the Rightists who believed they should drive on the Right. The vote split exactly down the middle and it was ...
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Could a Romanesque civilization develop chariots (carts, transportation etc) that could survive being ejected out of a magical tunnel at high speeds?

In the setting I am working on there is a sort of "subspace" torrent of energy (called Essence) that wraps around the world. Imagine magical, and definite, lines of latitude. This torrent of energy is ...
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How would fierce competition affect the adoption of alternative energy sources? [closed]

This is a continuation of the question asked here: How long would it take for nuclear energy to become adopted in a world on the brink of collapse? So, with my current timeline, nuclear energy (and ...
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How long would it take for nuclear energy to become adopted in a world on the brink of collapse?

For reference, I'm going with the accepted answer given here: How would technology adoption of Lithium Air battery work?. In my world, it makes sense that governments would be very interested in ...
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Why would a civilization that has invented teleportation use other means of transportation?

I'm designing an alien civilization that has achieved wormhole travel. Their devices are used by every member of their society and are usually located on their wrist. They type the coordinates of ...
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Lifting a spider mech

So, I have many of the infamous spider-mechs (such as in this question) roaming about in my highly futuristic setting. My mechs are arguably huge: the main body is 7 meters tall, in a conical shape, ...
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Big and important box needs to be shipped outside the country. How? [closed]

Somebody developed an advanced hardware-based autonomous AI. It can't be uploaded to a hdd or sent via internet somewhere and must be "always ON" i.e. it needs to run minimal services like integrity ...
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What's the next stage of transportation, after wormholes are invented?

I've seen many movies in which advanced civilizations use wormhole-opening technologies to either travel across the universe, or to simply get to the other side of a city. And this is also what I've ...
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Transportation for Angels

Simple question, hopefully not broad. This is the 21st century, everything that we have. Technology to make cars, planes, trains, boats, all of that stuff. But then, in this world, everybody is a ...
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Standardized building materials across a Roman style empire

I am working on an empire that exists in my world. I want to know if it makes sense for said empire to standardize the materials they use for construction across the empire. In the heart of the ...
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How could these giant animals travel oversea?

I've got these 2 giant apes like creatures who are too heavy to go on the ship to be taken to another continent. What are some ways that they could possibly get across the sea? This is a medieval epic ...
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Rain powered transport

Rain-powered transport The plain of Soggi experiences a constant rainfall. Can a rain powered vehicle be built according to the following conditions? The plain of Soggi experiences a constant ...
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Speed of water jet driven by 300 bar

In a setting where portals can be opened between one location and another, Suppose you open a portal of area one square meter, with one end at the surface and the other end at the bottom of an ocean, ...
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Time Travellers And The Roman Empire, Part 1: Transport and Control

I am a time traveller from the not so distant future. I have gone into the past to the Roman Empire (specifically the Nerva-Antonine period) and via -handwaving magical mumbo-technobabble- have become ...
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“Slow” teleportation

I've got a new invention which I think could revolutionize the transportation of people and goods: it's a teleport unit, which can transmit matter from one portal to another regardless of what is in ...
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Are there any advantages of rail vehicles in space? [closed]

In my world, humanity has turned to space as a source of resources. Of course, all that stuff has to be transported back somehow. On Earth, that is usually done with seafaring ships or rail vehicles. ...
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Public Transit for Merfolk

In an urban fantasy type world, how exactly would public transit work for merfolk? Situation A: The merfolk are living in a big cross-species city that also has humanoids. For purposes of this ...
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How would a species in one dimension with its own properties go to another dimension with slightly different properties?

In my world, I have three dimensions, each of which have their own special properties. From each of these three dimensions come a master race of said dimension: From the first, the master race is a ...
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Making airships\blimps\dirigibles the dominant form of air transport

While similar to other questions they mostly focused on what impacts required in the past to keep airships as a popular air transport method today, this question is about how to make airships the ...